The Wisdom Initiative

In John Milton’s Paradise Lost
there is a point where Satan, thinking through how he is going to tempt Adam and Eve to fall, comes up with this plan, “I will excite their minds with vain hopes, vain aims, inordinate  desires…”. For Satan, this plan is hatched from his own recollection of the fact that, “lifted up so high I thought one step higher would set me highest.” What Milton gives us through his depiction of the fall of both Satan and man is this picture of the inflamed desire for more. What seems to be at the heart of both “falls” is this illusory hunger for more.

In another text, Death of a Salesman, the lead character, Willy Loman, unravels to the point of madness, despair and suicide because he is always chasing “the wrong dreams.” He dreams of respect, identity, and acceptance even though he has everything he needs…

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A Zen approach to information overload…..

It may not be very popular to admit, but I think if we are honest most of not only love our increasingly connected life, we also hate it. We do not hate our unprecedented access to information online or the countless ways we can connect with friends, family, and colleagues; instead, we hate that we are not better able to balance the avalanche of information in our lives; we hate the feeling of continuous overwhelm; of always being behind; and of the seemingly endless communication, from emails to private messages, that need replies.

I like this quote, but then it occurred to me that right now I’m being idle….